Flashback Product of the Week: 1954 Parkhurst Race Against Time

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Parkhurst had a nice thing going throughout the 50’s and 60’s until Topps came along and built up a relationship with O-Pee-Chee.  Although they are mostly known for their hockey sets, Parkhurst did make it’s share of sets for other sports.  One of these “other” sets was released in 1954 called Race Against Time.  It’s technical designation is V339-12.  The Race Against Time set only consists of 40 cards.  Every card in the set depicts a famous race in history, except for card #39 which is a fantasy race between two spaceships.

On the front of each card is a nicely illustrated picture of a specific race.  The 40 cards cover a wide variety of vehicles such as cars, horses, motorcycles, and even ice boats.  It really is a diverse set, but with a common theme.  The reverse side contains a fully detailed historical write-up about the event (in both English and French).

Like most vintage sets, condition is everything.  Cards from this set are very affordable.  Not unless you need one that is in pristine condition.  Singles can usually be found for under $20.00.